Felger and Mazz should be looking over their shoulders, because David Price has a take that's hotter than anything they've cooked up through the first 19 games of a forgettable-to-date Red Sox season.
“If we don’t start playing better, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, maybe myself, we could get traded,” Price told the Boston Globe's Alex Speier. “We’re, what, 30th in minor league systems?
"We’re dead last. We don’t play better, Mookie Betts will be traded, J.D. Martinez will be traded. It will be tough for a while here.”
Price definitely knows what he's talking about on this front.
The Rays traded Price out of Tampa Bay in the middle of the 2014 season, just one year after the Rays squared off against the Red Sox in the 2013 ALDS. Traded to Detroit, Price helped guide the Tigers to a playoff appearance... but was once again dealt the following deadline, this time moving from Detroit to Toronto for a playoff push with the Blue Jays.
Price admitted that if the losing continues -- the Red Sox are just 6-13 out of the gate and have dropped three straight -- the players will begin to get asked about trade rumors. That's not always the best to deal with on a daily basis.
He also knows that Boston isn't a fan of losing.
“The Celtics are good, the Bruins are good, the Patriots are always winning, and the Red Sox are always good," Price acknowledged. “If we don’t play better, there’s going to be a lot of changes around here. I remember when Boston won the World Series in 2013. In 2014, they were trash. Trash.”
The good news for Price -- and maybe the Red Sox, should they indeed move ahead with plans of trading him -- is that he's one of the few Sox pitchers that hasn't been 'trash' out of the gate, with a 1-1 record, 20 strikeouts, and .214 batting average against through three starts this season.